Oskaloosa Despite hearing two and a half hours of arguments, a Jefferson County panel said it didn't have enough specifics to make a decision on a conditional-use permit for a sand dredging operation on the Kansas River near Grantville.
``I think we need to have something more concrete to come back to,'' said Pat Reed, a member of the Jefferson County Planing and Zoning Commission, which voted to defer the decision.
William Penny, owner of Penny Construction Co. Inc., is seeking to establish a sand dredging operation about a mile east of Grantville.
On Tuesday night, a crowd of more than 70 people overflowed a small Jefferson County Courthouse meeting room, and the planning and zoning commission moved its meeting to the main courtroom.
Only Penny and Edward ``Woody'' Moses, a lobbyist for the cement industry, spoke in favor of the proposed operation.
More than 15 people urged the commission not to grant the permit. Many said dredging would adversely affect the river's environment and recreational activity.
Others voiced opposition to an estimated 50 semi-tractor trucks that would be traveling from the site, if established.
Following the vote to postpone the decision, Penny conceded he wasn't very optimistic.
``There is a lot of opposition,'' he said.
If planners give their OK, it still would have to be approved by the Jefferson County Commission.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would then decide whether to allow Penny to sand dredge in the location.
No date was set for when the matter will be taken up again by the planning commission.
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